It’s that yummy time of year. From Halloween to all the other upcoming holidays, thoughts turn to hosting and/or attending some friendly festivities. For adults planning Halloween parties in recreationally legal states there are new enchanting alternatives for elevating your celebration with cannabis-infused edibles.
Infused options should be offered separately from other party snacks, so guests are well informed on what’s being served. If the guest list is diverse, with newbies as well as experienced cannabis connoisseurs, it’s a good idea to serve only one or two low-dose options along with plenty of information. Expect a lot of questions, in that party scenario.
An important tip: NEVER serve cannabis-infused edibles without clear labeling so guests are 100 percent aware of what is being served, in regards to ingredients and dosage strength. It’s just plain wrong to take a chance that any guest would be uninformed, even mistakenly, and eat an unwanted edible–similar, perhaps, to situations where there’s an issue with food allergies. Let your network know in advance that infused edibles will be served, so they can opt out if they choose, though it’s more than likely they’ll want to bring a few friends after they find out. Also, make sure guests are of legal age in your state.
If you source your edible treats from a producer or dispensary, they can provide info on recommended, reasonable dosage limits, product testing, and other questions. If you’re an at-home treat-maker, there’s a lot of info online; again, refer to any company that you shopped for specialized kitchen equipment. For gatherings of seasoned cannabis consumers, perhaps, a very special offering of treats containing more THC for select, experienced edible epicureans.
The digestion process slows the effects of cannabis, so guests should take into consideration that it may be an hour or more before they feel effects; that said, the effects of THC-infused edibles have been described as somewhat more potent and longer-lasting than when cannabis is inhaled.
Any party attendees who feel they may have overindulged in any consumables should Uber or Lyft home, of course. Another tip, recommended by budtenders and cannabis insiders–have some CBD products on hand for anyone that may have had a little too much THC, whether from edibles or a jittery sativa strain. Dr. Joe Cohen, who is a holistic doctor of cannabis medicine and owner of Holos Health in Denver, Colorado, told Lifehacker.com, “The best reversal for the unpleasant side effects of too much THC is CBD.”
Okay, now that you’ve avoided any unwanted tricks, it’s time to have fun. Media reports have said that former Olympic skater Tonya Harding, royals Harry and Meghan, and sharks are popular Halloween costumes this year.
When it comes to cannabis edibles, there are so many sweet ones to choose from. Here’s ten menu options for Halloween hang-outs:
The Nova Decarboxylator–Not precisely an edible, but a treat for the budding chef or at-home baker. “Decarboxylation is the process of converting cannabis into its active form, making it bioavailable for the human body. It’s a critical step for any consumption method, especially those who prefer to consume via oral, sublingual, or topical applications,” said the product website. The Nova allows you to infuse your own butters and oils at home with one-button convenience. Use those infusions in your own recipes or order a specialty kit from the makers of Nova, to create infused caramel at home. From ArdentCannabis.com.
Azuca Pate de Fruit–A classic version of Pate de Fruit candies–the colorful candy gems found displayed in any fine French candy store. Made with real fruit syrups and other natural ingredients for the freshest, most vibrant flavors. Made with pectin, not gelatin, so they’re also suitable for Vegans and vegetarians. Founded by chef Ron Silver, Azuca’s menu of high-end edibles are created with patent-pending processes that allow more rapid absorption than typical edibles, with delicious effects in 15 minutes or less. Available in Massachusetts, from Azuca.co.
Bhang’s® The Bite Chewy Chocolate Truffle–For experienced cannabis connoisseurs and vampires only, this little chocolate treat packs a big punch with 180mg THC in one ounce of dark chocolate chewiness. “A little goes a long way,” Bhang said on their website. A second place winner in the 2012 San Francisco Cannabis Cup for Best Edible, other ingredients include Turbinado sugar, milk, cocoa powder, agave syrup, vanilla, and essential oils. The Bite is available in California, but various Bhang products can also be found in Illinois, Florida, Michigan, New Mexico, and Canada. At GotBhang.com.
Blue Kudu Bon Bons–This assortment includes dark chocolate bonbons filled with a creamy vanilla bean caramel, and milk chocolate bonbons filled with a smooth peanut butter filling. Made in-house, then nitrogen-flushed during packaging to ensure maximum freshness with every bite. Child-resistant packaging. Each bonbon contains 10mg THC, in indica, sativa, and 1:1 (THC to CBD) blends. Cacao sourced from Rainforest Alliance Fair Trade Certified Farms. Available in Colorado. At BlueKudu.com.
The Cannabis Shack 420 Hell Sauce–An award-winning infused hot wing sauce; 5.3 ounces is enough for 6-12 wings. Recipe includes mustard, honey, cannabis oil, red wine vinegar, cayenne pepper, aged cayenne puree, soy, infused coconut oil, brown sugar, horseradish, Thai ginger, chipotle, red chili pepper, kaffir lime, ground red pepper, garlic, lemongrass, shallot, black pepper, 120 mg THC, and a few secret ingredients. Available in Maine only. At TheCannabisShack.us.
Cheeba Chews Black Chocolate Taffy Chill and Chews–“The ideal way to describe the effects of these individually dosed three gram chocolate taffies. Known to provide a relaxing ‘body buzz,’ an indica chew great to consume to unwind and decompress. Settle in for a movie, or put your mind at ease with these indica blend chews,” is how Cheeba described these microdosed sweets. It isn’t Halloween unless you get some taffy, after all. Cheeba Chews has various products available in California, Nevada, and Colorado. At CheebaChews.com.
Evergreen Organix Magic Bar–“Made from scratch with all premium ingredients, Evergreen Organix Magic Bars are a rich layer bar” infused with cannabis. Sweet caramel batter is layered on a graham cracker crust, and then covered with coconut flakes, chocolate chips, and butterscotch morsels. Available with 25mg and 100mg THC options. Handcrafted in small batches, the company is locally-owned, family-operated, and has grown to become a leading supplier in Nevada. Their full range of baked treats includes cereal and chocolate bars, and even their own cannabutter and infused coconut oil for the DIY edible baker. At EvergreenOrganix.com.
Goodship Peppermint Patties–Made with organic, pure peppermint essential oil and organic dark chocolate; the smooth, cool fondant center is infused with C02-extracted cannabis oil for no unpleasant “weedy” taste. The peppermint patties are available in THC-only and THC/CBD varieties. At Goodship, consumers will find a full range of sweets, as well as the brand’s Heady Lecture series, where cannabis experts bring education and info to cannabis-curious series attendees. Available in Washington State. At TheGoodship.com.
incredibles Pumpkin Pie Delight Bar–This leading, award-winning edibles manufacturer offers its take on the beloved seasonal flavor. “Cool white chocolate with pumpkin spice and graham cracker for a medicated experience you’ll savor,” described incredibles, adding that each batch is triple-tested for dosing accuracy and quality. Gluten-free, non-GMO, and made with sustainably sourced oils. Other chocolate bars in fall-like flavors from incredibles include S’mores, Peanut Budda Buddha, Affogato, and Fireberry, among many other choices. At ILoveincredibles.com.
VCC Brands 1:1 THC/CBD Churro Cookies–With a flavor that’s on track to be one of the newest yummy trends in treats, traditional churro cinnamon-sugar flavor is all rolled up into delicious mini Vegan cookies, from a pioneering, award-winning California edible manufacturer. Founded as Venice Cookie Company, VCC Brands is a family-owned, local brand available in California. Each childproof, resealable pouch contains 100mg CBD and 100mg THC. 10mg CBD, 10mg THC per cookie, with ten cookies per pouch, for manageable microdosing. At VCCBrands.com.